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If money were not an issue and you could pay cash. Which car would you drive?(39 posts)

If money were not an issue and you could pay cash. Which car would you drive?Kristin
Oct 15, 2002 5:56 AM
I was reading an article this morning about Porsche sales. Ironically, the 911 has increased in sales since the Sept. 11 attacks, while Boxster sales have declined. In the end, it all has to do with who has been tagged by the poor economy. But I started wondering. Money not being an issue, what kind of car would I own.

My choices:

I'd consider an SUV just so I could see down the road again. But in the end would decline because of it gets poor gas milage and overall cost of ownership/longevity.

The Winner: Toyota Avalon. I've never been excessive or flashy. This car would be suit me well at any income level. I might consider Volvo too; but those are pretty costly to repair.
Acura,, Infinity, Volvo, Tundra (toyota truck), Hayabusa mc (nmrwbadley
Oct 15, 2002 6:35 AM
Yugo, Pinto, Gremlin, Vega, Fiat, Pacer, only the best!rwbadley
Oct 15, 2002 10:39 AM
M-B sl600 convert, BMW 8 series, VW beetle? nmrwbadley
Oct 15, 2002 10:42 AM
Assuming I had unlimited resourcesColnagoFE
Oct 15, 2002 6:45 AM
PLus had another car for my kids and wife to be in (probably an SUV)...I'd probably get a Lamborghini Countach to tool around in. Then again a convertible might be nice... Anyway I'd hate to pay the insurance and gas for that beast but you did say I had unlimited resources and boy would that be a fun car to drive.
Oct 15, 2002 7:12 AM
I saw one of those last weekend. I almost wrecked looking at it. Tiny little car in a very middle class neighborhood. Having driven a Ferrari a couple of times, my guess is that anyone over 5'7" can't fit in one. At 6'1", I had my head against the roof in the Ferrari and the Countach was much smaller. Beautiful car. But the gas mileage on a 12 cyclinder 400HP engine...about 10 gallons to the mile.....

My choices:

For day to day driving...a medium to large comfy Mercedes or BMW or Audi A8 (love them Audi's!!). For the weekend (kids, hauling stuff) I'd drive a big SUV. For weekend evenings out with the wife: some sort of two seater convertible like the BMW Z-3 or Audi TT. My wife would have the two seater every day of the week...I'd be relegated to weekend evenings only.
On second thoughtKristin
Oct 15, 2002 6:55 AM
I think I might pay Chrysler to build me a new 1987 LeBaron hard top turbo--it only pretended to be your grandfathers car. Boy I miss that little darlin'.
I'd buy a Bentley.Sintesi
Oct 15, 2002 7:07 AM
Sell it and get a fleet of bikes and a used Toyota. Save the rest for my retirement.
I'd buy a Bentley.Jon Billheimer
Oct 15, 2002 7:13 AM
I like Sintesi's Yosarian-Catch-22 kind of thinking. However, I'd drive exactly what I've got now, a Dodge Voyager van, simply because I like it. I can load all my bike and ski stuff in, plus it's got 4-wheel drive to get me to the mountains in the winter!!
I'd buy a Bentley.Sintesi
Oct 15, 2002 7:15 AM
Sell it and get a fleet of bikes and a used Toyota. Save the rest for my retirement.
I always like this game.DougSloan
Oct 15, 2002 7:20 AM
Money not an issue? I'd never have just one car, so here's what I'd have:

1. What ever new Lamborghini there is at the time.

2. Mercedes AMG SL 55. 493 horsepower! (need at least one convertible)

3. Hummer -- true off road vehicle.

4. Lexus LS 430. The best luxury car made.

5. At least a few old Duesenbergs and the like.

6. A crew cab diesel pickup.

7. Toyota Landcruiser.

8. A Volvo Cross Country (to be PC some of the time).

Now, if I had to have only one vehicle to use for everything, that gets difficult. I'd probably stick with the Toyota Landcruiser.

Volkswagen EurovanMatno
Oct 15, 2002 7:29 AM
Similar in size to my beloved Vanagon, but newer, slightly safer, and a lot more powerful. I'm not sure about the looks of the new Microbus that's coming out soon, but the interior sure looks sweet, so that might be an option. I like the concept of having individual movie screens for each seat...
I learned to drive in one!4bykn
Oct 15, 2002 12:33 PM
In a VW microbus, circa 1970 to be more precise. No heat to speak of, no power (top highway speed was about 60mph), The windows either slid back to open or tilted out. Horrible seats, a/c not even available, and the shifter? Like trying to shift with a piece of spaghetti (al dente, of course). Our family vehicle when growing up. I'll never forget vacationing in the rockies, accelerator to the floor in second gear, about 15mph, getting passed by semi-trucks going up the mountains. It'd
b never
make my list of coveted autos, but many memories there.
Yup, I had a "68.Spoke Wrench
Oct 15, 2002 1:44 PM
Got about 24mpg and about 20,000 miles between valve jobs. I'm not sure why they put a gas pedal on it because I always had it floored so an on-off switch would have suited me fine.

I remember driving down the interstate with a cross wind. I'd look off to the side for overpasses and groves of trees and decide how much steering correction to allow so I could stay in the same lane. I used to draft semis too, but the best draft was a Winnabego motorhome because it sat closer to the road and blocked the air down low better.
My first car was a '67 bus.mickey-mac
Oct 16, 2002 5:19 AM
The previous owner put a 1750 in it, so it was a little faster than most buses, which made it even more dangerous. I got it up on two wheels more than once and crammed 14 fellow high schoolers in it one day. It was a really crappy-looking yellowish-beige and was affectionately known as the Twinkie. I washed it once right after buying it. Realizing that it didn't look any different after a wash, I didn't bother again for the next 18 months. The guy who bought it from me called the day after buying it to let me know the engine blew up on his way home.
I like VW's and Audis(nm)gregario
Oct 15, 2002 7:35 AM
Did you see VW is coming out with a SUV? (nm)ColnagoFE
Oct 15, 2002 7:56 AM
I just got a Passat wagonmickey-mac
Oct 16, 2002 7:20 AM
I recently went looking for cars with the intention of getting a Volvo wagon or Saab wagon. After doing some research, I decided to drive the VW and like it quite a bit better than Saab or Volvo. It was also substantially less expensive.
VW Retro Micro Bus or Mini Cooper Ssn69
Oct 15, 2002 8:00 AM
I've spoken with VW about the Bus. It's most likely going to list in the low $30s to start and go as high as the upper $30s. ...Only one engine option.

I've got a friend at work who just sold his blue Mini Cooper for a red Mini S. They're both terrific. They also kind-of force the "simplify your life" issue, since at best you can only fit one bike inside (with both wheels off).

For now, I'm happy with my Subaru Outback.

Acura NSXTurtleherder
Oct 15, 2002 8:02 AM
Having just sat in one this weekend my pick would be an NSX. It may not be the fastest of the super cars, but it is the most user freindly on a day to day basis. I still get to keep my old suv for hauling all my crap, right?
NSX Maintenance.TJeanloz
Oct 15, 2002 8:34 AM
The NSX is all well and good until you have to buy a new set of tires- which you do every 5,000 miles or so. To make matters worse, it uses an entirely custom sized Yokahama, that has to be ordered by any tire shop (except bigger Acura dealers, which stock them). And they aren't cheap either, from the dealer, you're looking at almost $2,000 for the full set, with labor.

It is a fun car to drive, but until I get different wheels for mine, it's going to sit in the garage.

I think I'd rather have a Ferrari 360, convertible. Super cars are more fun when it's a challenge to keep them running...
re: If money were not an issue and you could pay cash. Which car would you drive?No_sprint
Oct 15, 2002 8:06 AM
I like this game too. My picks always change.

A stable full would include:
Viper 600
Lincoln Navigator
Chevy Silverado 4 door 3500 dually
BMW M5 or perhaps 840ci
Lexus IS300 Sportcross
Corvette (many)
Harley Fat Boy or older Low Rider
Enzo Ferrarispuncrazy
Oct 15, 2002 8:35 AM
The new Ferrari "Enzo Ferrari" in red please.
Choices, Choices.Len J
Oct 15, 2002 8:55 AM
1.) SUV BMW with the 8 cylinder and the 6 speed. The most fun SUV ever driven.

2.) Everyday- Porsche c4 911. The most fun car I've ever driven.

It's fun to dream.

'87 Dodge Colt Vista. Cupholders, know, the whole package.128
Oct 15, 2002 9:24 AM
New: Lexus whatever # their on
Old: Some late '70's 911 sc/Targa with the flat six
shoot! grammar police, Spelling Unit! they're at the door!! Uhn!128
Oct 15, 2002 9:28 AM
What did "The Bishop!" drive in that old Monty Python sketch anyway?
re: If money were not an issue and you could pay cash. Which car would you drive?BikeViking
Oct 15, 2002 11:33 AM
2003 Chevy Silverado, loaded to the gills!
2003 Chevy Silverado extended cab, loaded!BikeViking
Oct 15, 2002 11:35 AM
Same car I drive now. Chevy Suburban.MXL02
Oct 15, 2002 11:56 AM
And you are talking to someone who used to collect cars. Best Cyclist car made. Low insurance, low maintenance. Goes and goes and goes. I love it.
re: dreaming of carsStarliner
Oct 15, 2002 11:57 AM
It's curious that most cars desired are not from USA companies. Just a thought to put in the pipe and smoke.

If practicality was not a concern, I've always desired a 1957 Lincoln Continental Mark II. In a period of excess chrome, fins, and wild paint schemes, the Mark II was remarkable with its simple and elegant lines. It cost $10,000 in 1957 when a Cadillac cost something like $4000 thereabouts.

In the real world of today, I'd want to save the money and wait for some of the new products that will be coming out soon, such as the Ford Escape with a hybrid motor. But if I had to buy something now, I'd go for something with a balance of comfort, luxury, performance, and efficiency. Maybe a Lincoln LS, the new smaller Caddy, or a mid-sized Jaguar.
Oct 15, 2002 12:20 PM
You state "If money were not an issue...", and then proceed to disqualify two of your own choices for financial reasons!

My various choices

Personal driving machine:
b Porche 911 Turbo
, the rear-wheel drive one, oversteer is a good thing
Family cruiser:
b BMW M5
, room for the family, and damned fast to boot.
Bike hauler:
b Ford F-150
, I love the truck I drive now, the only changes if money were not an object are Limited-slip diff, and maybe get the 5.4l instead of my current 4.6........ Wait, can I change to the F-150 Lightning???? What's that, about 380 hp? YEEEEEHAAAAAAWWWWWWW!
No noKristin
Oct 15, 2002 12:24 PM
I could have all the money in the world and would still choose a car that gets good gas milage. Wealth doesn't = exentrism. I will always be somewhat frugal. Its just how I'm wired. Besides, gas guzzlers are bad for the environment.
Okay, I'll buy that, but....4bykn
Oct 15, 2002 12:38 PM
You also disqualified the Volvo because of repair
b cost
;-) . They really are pretty reliable cars and I'm sure the dealer would give you a loaner when it's in the shop!
How about a custom motorhome?Spoke Wrench
Oct 15, 2002 1:31 PM
Lets see, comfortable seats for at least six, convenient and secure indoor bicycle storage area, bike work area, self contained flush biffy, HOT shower, COLD air conditioning, and a galley with a big refrigerator. I'd be willing to sacrifice regular sleeping facilities, but maybe a couple of fold down bunks for emergencies would be nice.
BMW E46 M3 GTR, '95 Mazda RX-7, '96 Nissan 300ZX Twin Turbo.fbg111
Oct 15, 2002 5:05 PM

McLaren F1- but I still need to keep my jeep for bike transportC-mond
Oct 16, 2002 4:16 AM
McLaren F1- too fast! slow down.... made without any regard to development cost, first to pioneer the carbon fiber sub structure/frame/panels, gold leaf engine lining. Gordon murray just said, 'let's build the fastest thing ever, and make ferrari work for 8 years to come close. I don't care if we lose money on this." 6.1 liter v12 627 hp, 485 lb ft
curb: 2600 lbs

that is definitely my choice.
Can't believe noone's mentioned Aston Martin..nmEager Beagle
Oct 16, 2002 7:34 AM
Out of sight, out of mind?TJeanloz
Oct 16, 2002 12:39 PM
Aston Martin, particularly the new Vanquish, are about as rare as cars get in the U.S.; most people don't even know they exist. And you can't lust over something you don't know about. Thinking about it though, I may change my vote from the Ferrari 360 to an Aston Martin.
Good manEager Beagle
Oct 17, 2002 1:22 AM
Though actually I was thinking more of the old ones - sure people are watching re-runs of old Bond films?

Their site has all the pics, including a classic old British Racing Green sportster - that's what I mean.

Lemmesee. No - only £2.47 in change in my pockets - mebbe next month..